This musical short film features a song and dance revue with performances by children, including The Meglin Kiddies and The Gumm Sisters, featuring a seven-year-old Frances Gumm, later to be known as Judy Garland.
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A musical revue featuring children, primarily girls, is presented. The first number has a chorus of girls performing a high kicking dance routine with tambourines, before two soloists, a boy and a girl, take center stage to do a gymnastic dance number. The girls chorus then takes over to perform a synchronized song and tap dance style number. Next, the young female orchestra leader introduces the Gumm Sisters, the three who sing and dance on stage by themselves. The final number has another chorus of dancing girls performing an Arabian-themed number.Written by
John Fricke, in his book "Judy: a Legendary Film Career", lists "The Big Revue" as being released as an 18 minute two-reeler on August 14, 1929 at the Fox Belmont Theatre in Hollywood. The two-reel "The Big Revue" was subsequently edited down to one reel (not an uncommon practice) and re-released on an unspecified date by Associated Films. See more »
The Meglin Kiddies Conductor:
Now you will see a dancing and singing number by the Gumm Sisters, not the Wrigley Sisters.
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Decent one-reel short features three children acts, which includes dancing and singing. This ten-minute short would probably have been forgotten today but it was lucky enough to feature the screen debut of Judy Garland who appears here as The Gumm Sisters. Fans of Garland will know the history behind her earliest career so there's no need for me to go into that here. For the most part this was a pleasant short that was at least entertaining for what it was. I wouldn't say any of the musical acts were great but they're at least charming and worth sitting through the short running time. The camerawork is good as is the sound quality so those are two bonuses.
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